As a child growing up in Rockland County, just a few exits away from the Tappan Zee Bridge in New City, I was a well-rounded student. My family, friends, and patients know I’m the type of person that enjoys putting his “best foot forward.”
In grammar school, I became fascinated with anatomy and how an individual body system works in conjunction with another. I enjoyed science and math classes, excelling in them even as the courses I took became increasingly difficult. During high school it became clear that I would pursue a career in medicine -- but why feet?
It was the years of accompanying my father, a diabetic, to the foot doctor and having foot issues myself, like a small ankle fracture, stress fracture and ankle sprains as an athlete playing baseball and basketball in school, that made becoming a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine a natural fit for me. After my undergraduate studies at the University of Albany, where the lifelong friendships I formed there made surviving the cold and gray winters worth it, I spent four years of medical training at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. While there I became attracted to surgery. I went on to spend three years in a surgical residency at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens and held the title of Chief Surgical Resident during my last year there.
It is important to me that I give my patients the tools necessary to take an active role in the health of their feet and whole body. My waiting room has take-home literature about foot conditions. Easy to understand educational videos on common foot problems like diabetic foot care, bunions, foot and ankle injuries, heel pain, and ingrown toenails, can be found on my practice website. Recent media reports about unsanitary pedicures and noticing that my patients with ingrown toenails, fungal nails and feet affected by diabetes needed a safe place for hygienic toe care lead to an expansion of my services. The creation of Toetique Medi Spa, offering medical grade private pedicures by a licensed certified nail technician, is not just for my patients but for anyone in the area who wants the assurance of knowing that their nail tech is using instruments that have been sanitized in the same way hospitals sanitize surgical equipment. It’s been a wildly successful service, in part because it eliminates the embarrassment people suffering from toenail conditions and some men have while sitting next to someone when receiving a pedicure at a traditional nail salon.
I am constantly on the lookout for the latest treatments and advances in foot and ankle care. You might find me at work before office hours or during lunch reading one of the 7 monthly medical journals I get delivered. Since podiatry encompasses not only the bones and muscles of the feet, but also joints, blood vessels, and skin, I read orthopedic, sports medicine, dermatological, rheumatologic, cosmetic, endocrinologic and vascular medical journals as well as podiatry publications.
I unwind by reading medical thrillers, playing with my dog, relaxing by the side of my koi pond, maintaining my tropical fish tanks in my office and home, or crushing it at CrossFit! You can find my wife and me on the sideline cheering for our young children who play baseball, basketball and tennis, or on a Caribbean vacation, where I’ve traded in baseball cleats for snorkeling fins in order to watch the dazzling marine life pass by.